Japan, S. Korea will combine radar systems to detect N.Korea missiles

Japan, South Korea will combine radar systems to detect N.Korea missiles-source
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According to a person familiar with the issue, Japan and South Korea are set to agree early next month to link their radars through a US system to share real-time information about North Korea’s ballistic missiles.

The source, who did not want to be identified because the negotiations are confidential, said that the defense ministers of Japan, South Korea, and the United States expect to reach an agreement on the sidelines of an Asian defense summit scheduled for early next month in Singapore.

The Japanese government’s top spokesperson, Hirokazu Matsuno, has said that no decision has been made on the planned transaction.

According to Yonhap, the South Korean presidential office, the country would join forces with Japan and the United States to coordinate their reactions to North Korea’s missile launches.

According to the article, the system was in the works, citing an anonymous high-ranking official.

A spokeswoman from the South Korean Ministry of Defense told a briefing earlier that talks between the three countries to improve information sharing were ongoing, but no agreements had been reached.

In response to North Korea’s exceptional number of ballistic missile launches over the previous year, the three countries decided in November to speed up information sharing. Japan and South Korea each have their own unique links to American radar systems, but none of them are linked.

In reaction to North Korea’s threat, the US and its Asian allies have grown closer in recent months. On Sunday, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol began their “shuttle diplomacy” in Seoul, where they discussed military cooperation.

Separately, Japan and South Korea’s defense ministers will meet for the first time since November 2019 on the sidelines of the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue, which will be held in Singapore on June 2-4.

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